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TIREIGHTER WEDGE TOMB
TIREIGHTER WEDGE TOMB, COUNTY DERRY
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PHOTO by Pip POWELL
2009
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This massive wedge tomb is located on a broad SE-facing slope which falls from the
site to the river Faughan, with panoramic views north east-east and south west. This is
a very well preserved wedge tomb orientated E-W, 7.55m in length, 5.75m in width
along the facade at west and 3.8m in width at the back. 2 large lintel stones are visible
inside the tomb. An open chamber, 2m in length near the back is formed by 2 sills, one
1.9m in length and  the other 2.15m in length. There appears to be a 2nd chamber
between this slab and the facade, though it is filled with earth and smaller slabs. On
either side of the facade is a portal stone averaging 1.6m in height and it appears to be
undisturbed and at the back, the end stone on the south side is 0.7m in height. A slight
height of cairn material is visible near the facade and along the sides. Topsoil stripping
in the area of the tomb was carried out under archaeological supervision, prior to
construction of a driving range and golf course. Works did not come within 50m of the
tomb but nothing of archaeological interest was noted in any of the areas stripped and
examined.  
CO-ORDINATES
54 51' 42.494"N...7 4' 48.899"W